The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), with support from UNESCO, TVJ, CVM, CPTC and LIME, will stage a series of events themed 'CBA Live in Kingston: Media in Democracy' on July 18-19 to increase understanding of the crucial role the media plays in Caribbean democracies.
CBA Live events include a training workshop for Caribbean journalists, a reception and a locally produced television programme for broadcast throughout the Caribbean.
Commenting on the Media in Democracy events, CBA Executive Committee Member, Kay Osborne said, "We're pleased that these CBA events are being staged in Jamaica given the currency of issues related to media ethics and the role of media in society. We're confident that this engagement will serve to strengthen media and democracy in the region."
Twenty-one broadcast journalists and producers from radio and television stations in 10 Caribbean countries will participate in the training workshop that will be facilitated by Sian Kevill, former Director BBC World News and Editor of BBC's Newsight programme, and Claude Robinson, lecturer, author and columnist on the Caribbean media.
Topics to be covered include: Why Journalism Matters in a Democracy; Journalism and Politics; and Covering Elections. Guest speakers include: Jenni Campbell, President of the Press Association of Jamaica; Wyvolyn Gager, former editor-in-chief of The Gleaner; and Daryl Vaz, Minister with responsibility for information. The workshop participants will also complete a follow-up distance-learning course on election coverage.
An evening reception will be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel today. This event will include a keynote address from Professor Trevor Munroe, director of the National Integrity Action Forum on the topic: 'The role of media in combating corruption and strengthening governance'.
The CBA will produce a one-hour panel discussion television programme on the topic: 'Will the digital age transform journalism and democracy in the Caribbean?' This will be moderated by Ms Janice Budd, Associate Editor - Sunday at the Jamaica Observer, and feature a distinguished panel of experts. Workshop participants and media students from CARIMAC and Northern Caribbean University will participate.
This programme will be shown on television throughout the Caribbean including on TVJ, CVM, JNN, CNMG and CaribVision. A radio edit of the programme will also be made available.
The CBA is a UK based not-for-profit association that supports broadcasting across the Commonwealth.
With more than 100 members in over 50 countries, the CBA helps members with training and bursaries for their employees, offering tailored publications and material for broadcast and providing a unique forum for the exchange of information.